Sean Hannity believes Michael Avenatti, like every American, deserves due process and the presumption of innocence even though he was “one of those irresponsible actors” who tried to rob Brett Kavanaugh of the same.
The Fox News host weighed in on “Hannity” Wednesday on the arrest of the celebrity attorney who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick, who alleged the Supreme Court Justice attended high school parties where “gang rapes” of girls was common.
Hannity addressed due process and the presumption of innocence as a “foundational principle in a fair and just society,” recalling how “we defended this principle from baseless attacks and irresponsible accusations by individuals” during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh.
“Of course, we have that fame-seeking attorney Michael Avenatti who is one of those irresponsible actors,” Hannity continued, noting how there was no evidence presented by his client against Kavanaugh.
“Avenatti demanded his client and all others who had made accusations that they should all be believed. You might remember this,” he said, airing video of the attorney’s comments attacking the then-Supreme Court nominee. Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a bombshell investigation that found Swetnick and Avenatti criminally conspired to lie to Congress.
“We learned tonight that Michael Avenatti has been arrested, taken into custody by the L.A.P.D. He’s been charged with a serious charge, that is felony domestic violence,” Hannity said. “He’s proclaiming his innocence.”
The attorney and potential 2020 presidential contender spoke Wednesday after his arrest, maintaining his innocence and claiming “I have never struck a woman,” while slamming the “bogus” and “fabricated” allegations against him.
Hannity defended Avenatti’s Constitutional right to be presumed innocent of the charges until they can be proved, something the attorney was not willing to do for Kavanaugh.
“I will be consistent on the issues of due process and the presumption of innocence,” Hannity said.
“But one can only wonder if now maybe Michael Avenatti would apply the same standard to himself that he had applied to Justice Kavanaugh. Or maybe tonight he would prefer the country give him due process and the presumption of innocence. Or will you lock yourself up and just throw away the key?” he added.
“I believe he deserves presumption of innocence, due process, let the legal system do their job,” the Fox News host concluded. “And hope and pray that the right justice and answer comes through.”
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